While her brothers receive the new, glossy books of Gilderoy Lockhart, Ginny herself is thrown old, discarded books that symbolically embed a very dangerous diary. It is in this diary that Ginny pours her rage, her disembodied voice, that disrupts the school and conjuresthe immortal boy Tom Riddle, the boy who is really the dark lord himself.
communicates things the aboveground world silences. When we discover that Ginny’s writing has transgressed the boundaries of
the diary, appearing in blood on the very walls of the school, we realize that
the target of a victim’s rage grows. The diary is,
like the chamber, a very old vehicle for unleashing repressed feelings, also for Tom Riddle, the abandoned boy haunting Hogwarts.
Together, the parseltongue of Ginny and Tom runs riot in the school.
- Holly Blackford, The Myth of Persephone in Girls’ Fantasy Literature
Crimson Dreadful: -It’s the adder beneath the rose,isn’t it? All of this. They can seem enticing and luxurious, yet within, there’s a dark thing waiting. - Things are so rarely what they seem. - Which of us does not have our secrets, Sir Thomas?